Speaking to the press pool following an event with supporters at his New Jersey resort, President Trump was asked to respond to former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault's new book, whispering to the cameras "she's a lowlife."

The backstory: In her book out next week, Omarosa claims Trump is a "racist," has repeatedly used the "N-word," and there are tapes from the filming of The Apprentice to prove it. The White House responded to these claims explaining, "this book is riddled with lies and false accusations." Go deeper: The juiciest claims from Omarosa’s upcoming book

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.